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By Jo-Ann English
University News
May 4, 2011

Howard, HBCUs Unite to End Sexual Violence
(File photo by Justin D. Knight)

WASHINGTON – Howard University, along with eight other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), participated in the third annual “Denim Day” on April 27, which aimed to raise awareness about violence against women on college campuses.

Joining 3,500 students nationwide, Howard students wore jeans to demonstrate their support of efforts to end sexual and domestic violence. The initiative was organized by Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW), which focuses on addressing the five most common forms of violence against college women: stalking, cyber-stalking, dating and domestic violence, harassment and sexual assault.
“As students our campuses are our homes,” said Alize Beal, an EVAW student ambassador at Howard.  “We must hold our student peers and institutions accountable to provide support for female victims of dating violence and sexual assault.”

Beal said students are seeking to build supportive environments at HBCUs where students feel encouraged to disclose abuse and seek help without feeling ashamed.

Participating HBCUs included Clark Atlanta University, Coppin State University, Lemoyne-Owen College, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University and Prairie View A&M University. 

The EVAW initiative is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. In addition, it is sponsored by The Wright Group, a health and human services research and consulting firm.

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